Thursday, September 22, 2011

I Made a Journal Page--Kind Of....

I'm  in  my  hurry-up  mode, and trying  to  make  some  more  art  before  I  leave  tomorrow,  so  I  just  got  out  my  art  surface  and  thought  of  it  as  a  journal  page--having  absolutely  no  idea  what  I  was  going  to  do--which  is  scary  for  me.   Sometimes  it  takes  me  longer  to  think  of  what  I  want  to  do  than  to  do  the  actual  piece,  but  this  time  I  don't  have  time  to  do  that,  so  I  thought  to  myself--I'm  making  a  journal  page--

.......laid  down  blocks  of  color  and  stamping  over  that.......

Okay---getting  a  little  nervous--I  wasn't  too  crazy  about  this......

.....getting  a  little  better  now  with  this  pop  of  blue....


...and  now  I'm  starting  to  like  it  a  lot   and.....


.....and  now  I'm  getting  ideas....I  really  liked  the  cupboard  door  that  I  did  HERE--so  I  decided  to  do  this  style  again......


...finished!   So  when  you  scroll  up  and  see  how  this  started,  you  can  see  how  different  it  is--which  is  a  good  lesson  for  me--don't  be  afraid  to  put  anything  down--it   can  ALWAYS   be  covered  up  again.........and.......the  more  you  cover  up,  the  better--

....because,  you'll  still  have  the  underlying  layers  that  you  started  out  with.   This  is  probably  the  one  thing  that  I've  taken  away  from  all  of  my  workshops  that  I've  taken  and  art  books  that  I've  read--don't  be  afraid  to  just  paint!    And  what  made  this  even  scarier  for  me,  was  that  this  paint  surface  was  on  a  piece  of  furniture--


I  thought---what  the  heck--it's  just  another  surface----why  not  journal  on  it???

I  did  some  more  "journaling"  on  the  bottom  surface  of  the  table  too!

I  know  that  a  year  ago,  I  would  never  even  have  considered  doing  this  to  a  table---I'm  still  learning......and  who  knows  what  the  next  year  will  bring  to  me.

I'm  off  again  tomorrow--this is tough!!  And  now  the  weather  forecast is  looking  a  little  questionable--oh  no--not  again--we'll see......


46 comments:

Clare said...

absolutely stunning - what wonderful free abandon to just begin and create and then to see something unfold that is so beautiful.

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Wishing you the best weather for the weekend. Love the table. Great example of "just start"

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Looks great Di. Sometimes it's best just to fly by the seat of your pants. No planning, no expectations, just pure art fun.

Buffy said...

Wow!! Beautiful piece. I can't believe you did it without a plan,just played. Thats so awesome.Hopeing the weather is good for you.Good luck.

Hössöntössö puuhailee said...

I like this;)

Georgie Horn said...

OMG, I love this! Isn't it funny that we start off with something we aren't too sure of, and then if we are persistant we can make something lovely!

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Connie said...

I love your table. I especially like the face inside the heart and the sun too. I hope the weather is sunny and clear for your show.

Maggie Ruley said...

Very "right brain"

Heather said...

This is beautiful! You did a fantastic job :) HOpe all your fall shows are going well!

Wax Beach Artist said...

I love it! Your 'art table' came out great! I always love to see the process behind the success and a success it is! When I paint I think...oh what the heck, I can always gesso it!

Isabel said...

Best of luck and have fun!!:O) I love this new piece, awesome:O)

Lynn said...

It was such fun watching this piece grow!!!! And then what a surprise to find it on the table top!!! Wow!

Janine said...

Wonderful!

Odd Chick said...

DUH! Why didn't I think of this - just treat it as a journal page and paint. I'm not scared to play in the journal and now, thanks to you, I will use this mantra to play on canvas or furniture or...

roc said...

wow wow wow - awesome!

Kathy said...

It is a joy watching your art evolve. Thank you for bringing all of us along on your adventure! Good luck this weekend!

Gloria said...

Love it Diane. Excellent work. Sorry I haven't been around, busy, busy, busy. You know though that I think of you and your art and always plan to stop by when I can. Good luck on you outing and do great in your show.

Dorthe said...

Diane- I love what you did to that table- and those hearts- they are fabolous!
Wish you a wonderful week-end WITHOUT rain- crooss my fingers, dear.
xo,Dorthe

Emelie said...

To learn and remember, just get in there and paint, and I have learned that from the faces just start one, soon it starts to look like something and sometimes a really good something and sometimes for me...an OK something.

Your table is just beautiful tht blue is really great and who would of thunk. I always wonder if I would of thought to make those dark outstanding hearts or some pther thought you have that just made everything dance.

So I will remember your words, not much painting this week end family is coming and I love them so I am glad.

Deb Harvey said...

LOVE IT!!! Have a great time!

Bren said...

what a fabulous piece, has to be a fav for me. Love hearing the lessons learned through the process of creating.

Margo said...

This was good to see tonight, it turned out beautifully. I just ripped out 8 journal pages I started because they all just looked like cra* on a page. Aaarrrrr.....

sharon said...

I love that you journaled the table, and I really think you should go all out and reeeaaally journal, all over it, it would be great...I can see it Diane!
Best of luck at your show, fingers crossed for the weather!

Itaya Art said...

Wow! I'm so impressed with the progression of this lovely piece! Your daring and sense of adventure really come through in both surfaces. Very pretty and well done. Thank you for sharing with us all. :)

NatashaMay said...

Amazing stuff happens when you don't over think it. :) Looks like you had fun playing with paints. Have a fab weekend!

Cathy Bueti said...

I am loving this Diane!! You are a creative queen! And always your beautiful style comes shining through no matter what the technique!!

Just beautiful!

Wishing you a great show! :)

Tammie said...

Diane this turned out wonderfully, beautifully, someone will love it in their homes.
I wish you a wonderful time away. hopefully the weather will not chase the people away.

Joyce's Journey said...

You are truly amazing! It's like you just jump right in with a "whatever will be, will be" attitude. I love it! Your art is beautiful and I really love how you give us the step-by-step process. You must really be loving this aspect of your life! It's so evident through your words. Thanks for sharing!!

Dianne said...

This table turned out amazing! Love the colors, journaling... the whole package!

Kristin said...

You crazy, girl! Crazy beautiful ;) LOVE This!! Love your courage and of course that AMAzing outcome. Way to go, Mojo!
Good luck this weekend - I hope that beauty is coming with you . . .
And thank you for your comment - I forgot to mention the Gesso (I changed it) - yes, clear gesso for this one.
xoxoxo

Bobbi Lewin said...

Beautiful! That's a great idea thinking of it as doing a journal page. takes the pressure off!

Cameron said...

Gosh, Diane...in my eyes, you can do no wrong...haha! I'm so happy that you feel so confident in your "just paint" mode....your talent always pulls it all together :D

Pamela Holderman said...

love the process- and surprise a table! wonderful!

Marilyn Rock said...

Diane - you are amazing and magical with your art. Love, love, love your journaling on this table. Your art is SO beautiful and so YOU! xxoo

FYI-I have new Blog address:
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I still cannot log in to my old blog and Blogger cannot fix it! This was last straw so I am going Typepad.

Hope you will follow as you can.

Have a wonderful weekend and hope the weather is on your side. xxoo

Sandy said...

Quite a beautiful table. I love how you talked about what you learned and your approach to the whole piece. Quite frankly, I was happy with the first step of blocks of color and stamping. You took it much further and was inspirational for jumping in with both feet and going for it!

Becca said...

Wow! That's beautiful! Thank you for this post! I'm always afraid I'm going to "mess something up" but I know I need to get over that. I keep hanging on to this wooden box that I want to paint, but haven't had the courage yet. LOL Love the colors in your piece.

Heavens2Betsy said...

Your page and your furniture are fantastic Diane. I'm a big fan of your work and think its exquisite. penny x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Seems I've been late visiting my friends all week. Looks like you will be back from your show by the time I finish appreciating this. I would have been tickled with the first step. But I really studied this piece and see how you turned it into a true work of art. I think this is a great lesson in LAYERS. I have to admit, you have some pretty special rubber stamps, too. And, you know how to use them to your advantage. Welcome home.

wanda miller said...

absolutely STELLAR table, just love it and the rest is so beautiful watching your additions and progress!! xo

Motherkitty said...

What a fabulous piece! Isn't it amazing what can happen when you just let it happen? Well done!

Joanna said...

Oh my beautifullness!!! I love the connected hearts, & then seeing that it's a piece of furniture, simply blew me away! You are so talented. That is all. xo

Juls said...

this is amazing! Hugs Juls

Karenliz said...

WOW Gorgeous! What a beautiful piece of art!

Emakesart said...

Love this... both the table and the post! You know, someone once said in a class I took, that if you don't like something it just means that it isn't finished yet. I have always remembered that while making art and I also just think... I can always just paint over it all and start again too! It takes some of the fear and pressure away (most of the time, lol!). I really like your idea too... just think of it as a journal page... brilliant!

xoE

Serena said...

I LOVE painted furniture and you did an outstanding job with this one, Diane!

Dawn said...

What a fantastic table top journal page lol love it! Dxx

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